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Old November 15th, 2018, 02:05 AM   #2581
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Really? Then things must have become a lot stricter than in the past.
I easily opened a bank account at a Rayong branch of Bangkok Bank in the late 1990s, and I only had a tourist visa! Though I never used it for anything (but still have that old Bualuang card).

It is a lot more strict these days due to AMLO reporting requirements, crooks and scammers. These days BBL is not keen to open accounts for Americans for that reason. I also opened my BBL account in the late 1990s and they required a work permit. Bangkok Bank Accounts in various branches of BBL are actually with head office and if refused at the local branch it is because the manager decides you are a possible risk. If so you go to the head office or another branch. Some will open accounts for tourists on a 60 day or more visa. Siam Commercial Bank will open accounts for tourists.
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Old November 15th, 2018, 08:42 PM   #2582
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Old November 15th, 2018, 08:57 PM   #2583
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Old December 4th, 2018, 06:43 AM   #2585
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With the commencement of Samrong - Kheha extension on BTS Sukhumvit Line, BTS announces new service timetable and train intervals on operating lines, effective from December 6, 2018 onwards:

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Source: https://www.bts.co.th/service/timetable.html

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Services on Sukhumvit Line will be divided into two sections, Mo Chit - Samrong and Samrong - Kheha. Passengers crossing between the two sections are required to change train at Samrong Station to further the journey. Thorough services from Mo Chit to Kheha and vice versa are likely to commence when the extension is officially opened and BTS has received all of its new rolling stocks from Bozankaya Plant in April 2019. During this public trial-run, journey from Samrong to Kheha and vice versa are free of charge with service headway of 10 minutes.
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Old December 6th, 2018, 03:10 AM   #2586
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Bangkok BTS Sukhumvit Line gets 8 new stations!
As promised last year, the 12.8 km Sukhumvit Line East Extension is now open!

While the new travel fares have not been announced yet, the eight stations will be free to use for the first four months (until April 2019).

The chosen end date is not random: BTS expects to open the first station of the Sukhumvit Line North Extension, Ladphrao Intersection, at the same time.

If BTS follows the same pattern as for the East Extension, the rest of the 11.4 km North Extension is expected to open by December 2020.

A word of caution for everybody that would like to travel in this new extension: if your travel plans go past Samrong station, you will need to get off at Samrong station and take another train to Kheha (or to Mo Chit, if you're coming from the other way).

This has been done to probably don't hurt the current train frequency in the "main" part of the line, while we wait (and hope) for new rolling stock.

This is not all we can expect from Bangkok in 2019: the first MRT Blue line extensions will also open as well! Stay tuned for more updates!
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Old December 6th, 2018, 11:39 AM   #2587
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A complete journey from Kheha (E23) to Samrong (E15):

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Old December 8th, 2018, 12:42 AM   #2588
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Yellow Line Monorail construction progress 05.12.18..
Preformed pillars now in place outside Seacon Square Srinakarin Road
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Old December 8th, 2018, 12:51 AM   #2589
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Yellow Line Mono Rail Progress 05.12.18 Seacon Square

Yellow Line Mono Rail Progress 05.12.18 Seacon Square Srinakarin Road
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Old December 14th, 2018, 09:36 AM   #2591
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While the new travel fares have not been announced yet, the eight stations will be free to use for the first four months (until April 2019).

The chosen end date is not random: BTS expects to open the first station of the Sukhumvit Line North Extension, Ladphrao Intersection, at the same time.

If BTS follows the same pattern as for the East Extension, the rest of the 11.4 km North Extension is expected to open by December 2020.

A word of caution for everybody that would like to travel in this new extension: if your travel plans go past Samrong station, you will need to get off at Samrong station and take another train to Kheha (or to Mo Chit, if you're coming from the other way).

This has been done to probably don't hurt the current train frequency in the "main" part of the line, while we wait (and hope) for new rolling stock.

This is not all we can expect from Bangkok in 2019: the first MRT Blue line extensions will also open as well! Stay tuned for more updates!
There's much incorrect or outdated info the above post.

1) The free trail period is at the choosing of the BMA as the owner of the extension (after the MRTA forced them to take on the debt of building it). It has nothing to do with when N9 opens as you state. Previous free trail periods for all BTS exts have been 3-4 months so this is consistent with precedent.

Also, free period are usually seen by the BMA as both good PR and some form of compensation for an ext opening late as all have. This one opened a full 2 years later than originally scheduled (Dec 2016).

2) N9 will not open until August 2019. It could a little earlier, but at this stage that is unlikely. Khun Wisarut, even provided an updated in his post on the previous page (#2566)

3) The full Northern ext to Khu Khot is due to open earlier than you state in the 2nd quarter of 2020 (currently said to be June 2020). Of course, you might end up being right as it could be further delayed until Dec 2020. (Construction started in Aug 2015 with an original opening date for the full ext of Dec 2019). the opening date will be partially contingent on when the 24 new Chinese built trains arrive.

4) The reason for the separate shuttle service between Samrong and Kheha on a 10 min frequency, the BTSC placed the rolling stock order way too late. Only 3 new sets (of 22 Siemens Inspiro built in Turkey) of rolling stock arrived before the opening date. The next set is not due until Jan and most likely there will not be sufficient rolling stock to run through services for 3-6 months. The shuttle service will continue for a while until they have around 10-12 sets.

5) Yes, the first stage of the MRT Blue Line ext from Hualumphong to Lak Song via Tha Pha will open on 12 August 2019.
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Old December 14th, 2018, 10:12 AM   #2592
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Plan for red line commuter (Bangsue Central - Hua Lamphong, Bangsue Central Hua Mark -with total distance of 25.90 km

Contract 1: Samsen - Phayathai, Rajvithi - Hua Lamphong
Shared section:
Underground stations:
1. Samsen - sharing the same underground structure as High Speed train for 3 airports
2. Rajvithi - sharing the same underground structure as High Speed train for 3 airports and functioning as interchange station between the line to Hua Lamphong and the line to Hua Mark - and effectively renamed Ramadhibodee Hospital stop to Rajvithi since it passes Rajvithi road - and this station is near Chitladda Royal station - so, expect tightening and maximum security

3. Phayathai - behind CP Building (the old TMB HQ)
Section to Hua Lamphong:
Underground station:
3. Yommarat station on Chitladda triangle

At grade section
4. Yotse - near Kasatsuek flyover across the raiway track
5. Hua Lamphong - using Platform 1 - 4 of Bangkok Railway terminus at Hua Lamphong as temporary terminus since the line to Mahachai still needs a lot of EIA clearance

Contract 2: Makkasan - Hua Mark
Undereground: Makkasan station near Makkasan station of airport Link (km 7) - effectively rendering existing Makkasan station at km 5.1 as an Orphant station

Elevated track:
Ram Khamhaeng station - interchange with Ram Khamhaeng station of Airport Link - effectively turn Klong Tan station as an orphant station
Hua Mark - interchange with Hua Mark station of Airport Link - even though the actual postion should be at existing Hua Mark railway station - connected by via duct

Contract 3: Electromechanic and EMU - compatible with underconstructed red line commuter networks

Note: Better wait until there is a plan for development of Maenam station so that Makkasan station at km 5.1 will be under consideration
Better wait until Grey Line Monorail has been implement so that Klong Tan station at km 9 will be revived as station for red line commuter

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Better yet, can the whole stupid Light Red Line extension to Hua Mark!

The SRT has had a completely flawed concept from the beginning. Let's go back to 2008 (actually earlier but this is when it was approved) when the SRT proposed the following as their new BKK commuter network;
1) ARL City Line - standard gauge, electric,
2) SRT Light Red line - narrow gauge, diesel
3) SRT Dark Red line - narrow gauge, electric

Now, what is the most obvious problem with the plan for these three lines???

Thus, when construction commenced on the Light Red line in 2009 there was no thought of electrification. Only before it was finished Dec 2012, and when the Dark Red lines tenders went out in 2010 did the SRT acknowledge that the Light Red line should be electrified. And of course the SRT ceased the limited services (6 services each way per/day) on the Light Red line in Jan 2014 due to insufficient pax.

The extension of the Light Red line from Bang Sue to Hua Mark involved building a whole new viaduct and separate stations right alongside the ARL City line stations from Phaya Thai to Hua Mark!!! It makes no sense at all.

There has never been any logical sense in extending the Light Red line to run exactly alongside the ARL City Line and essentially duplicate the same service. The more logical step is to extend the ARL City Line to Bang Sue and continue that service as an all stop between Bang Sue and BKK airport service. Then - as the new Eastern HSR will take over the ARL - have the HSR Eastern line run the Express services DMK-BS-Makkasan-BKK.

(It is worth noting that the building of the Eastern HSR line will require the complete shutdown of the ARL at some point as the cheap Chinese track will need to be completely replaced.)
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Updated list now that the Sukhumvit line southern extension (12.8km) is open for service.

Progress Update

In Service: 5 Lines - 123.9 km (excl. BRT)
BTS Sukhumvit Line | 36.9 km
BTS Silom Line | 14.5 km
MRT Blue Line | 21 km
MRT Purple Line | 23 km
SRT Airport Rail Link | 28.5 km
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Under Construction: 8 Lines - 176.4 km
MRT Sukhumvit Line North Extension | 18.4 km - 78.79%
MRT Blue line extension | 27 km - 98.53%
MRT Orange Line East Section | 23 km - 18.33%
MRT Pink Line | 36 km - 14.51%
MRT Yellow Line | 30.4 km - 9.61%
SRT Light Red Line | 15 km - 100%
SRT Dark Red Line | 26.3 km - 99%
BMA Gold Line | 1.8 km - 10.54%
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Old January 2nd, 2019, 07:28 AM   #2595
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Old January 2nd, 2019, 08:42 PM   #2596
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From the list above I see three lines/extensions at 95%+ complete. I assume those would open this year. Is that so?
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From the list above I see three lines/extensions at 95%+ complete. I assume those would open this year. Is that so?
Blue Line Ring: Hua Lamphong to Bang Khae via RattanakosinIsland and Tha Phra. Opening Sept. 2019
Blue Line Ring: Tao poon to Tha Phra (Completes Blue LineRing) Opening March 2020
Red line commuter project is awaiting platelaying andelectrification, but lots of delays caused by a massive cost overrun. Latestopening estimate is Jan 2021
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Red line commuter project is awaiting platelaying andelectrification, but lots of delays caused by a massive cost overrun. Latestopening estimate is Jan 2021
If plate laying and electrification have not yet commenced, how come these lines are considered to be 100% and 99% done? Something doesn't add up.
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If plate laying and electrification have not yet commenced, how come these lines are considered to be 100% and 99% done? Something doesn't add up.
100% is civil works progress.

Plate laying and electrification are in a separate contract and have already commenced.
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